F18 Fighter Jet Crashes into Residential Neighborhood

LA JOLLA — An F-18 military jet has crashed into at least two homes a San Diego neighborhood, exploding into flames. At least two cars are also on fire.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane crashed shortly before noon today as it prepared to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The crash occurred two miles from the base.

The plane crashed into the residential neighborhood near Cather Avenue and Huggins Streets in University City, near University of California at San Diego.

Gregor says the pilot ejected and landed safely. There are no reports of any injuries on the ground.

Scott Patterson, an area resident, says he “heard two large booms and then saw smoke”. He also said he could see people running in the area. The fire department is evacuating the area.

The F-18 is a supersonic jet used widely in the Marine Corps and Navy.

Miramar, well known for its role in the movie “Top Gun,” is home to some 10,000 Marines. It was operated by the U.S. Navy until 1996.